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How To Create an At-Home Classroom

🏡 Step #1 Designate a classroom space

Setting up a space in a common area of the house (ie. family room, dining room) will help you to keep an eye on your student throughout the day. Additionally, with children enrolled in online learning, it's important to ensure your student is staying on task while on their laptop / learning devices.

  • Tip: If you have more than one child learning at home — set up desk / classroom dividers to give kids a sense of independence in their learning environment.

🪑Step #2 Comfortable Sitting Situation

A comfortable sitting situation makes staying focused easier for everyone (check out this Ergonomics Overview (via Noom) but it's probably not realistic that you have an extra office chair laying around for every kiddo in your home. Adding a couple pillows to a standard chair will do just fine. Bonus points if you have something that will allow your child to have their feet on the ground.

  • Tip: Natural light and some fresh air makes a big difference! If you can, try to have your child sitting next to a window.

📲 Step #3 Cut Down on Distraction

Staying on task requires cutting down on certain household distractions. Turn off TVs and try your best to keep any tablets, cellphones, or gaming devices out of the classroom zone. But keep in mind that your kids aren't accustomed to working in complete silence, so some light background noise or music might be helpful to work along to.

📝 Step #4 display "School Rules"

Especially if your student is enrolled in online classes, you should ensure that they are following all the virtual classroom rules! If their teacher has provided you with the rules ahead of time — print them out and find a place to display them.

  • Tip: Remind your student to be dressed and on time for their classes . It's important that they understand they'll get to have face-to-face time with their teachers and classmates, but this doesn't mean that it's time for socializing! Remind your kids that their teachers can see them too, so it's important that they listen and participate in class. (Hint: practice using the mute and unmute button with your child before classes start!)

Step #5 incorporate Visual schedules

Hanging visual timetables on the wall and weekly schedules will help your child to visualize their days and weeks (depending on their age this could be written or drawn out). This will help to establish routines. Setting up a clock or timer can also be a useful trick so they can understand how much time they have to spend on each task. Here are some examples of Structuring the School Day for At-Home Learning.

🛋 Step #6 Additional Spaces

Like all of us, your child is bound to get bored and fidgety sitting at the same desk or table all day. If you have the room to do so, make sure they have other options in the house to go for certain activities. A great example is setting up a cozy reading corner on a couch or with blankets and pillows on the floor. This is a great opportunity to step away from the screens and mix up their surroundings for parts of the day.